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How a DUI impacts your security clearance

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2023 | Dui/dwai |

There are a number of potential consequences to getting a DUI in Colorado. For instance, you could be subject to jail time, a fine or the loss of your driving privileges. You could also be subject to the loss of any security clearances obtained as a member of the United States military.

Variables to consider

There is no guarantee that you will lose your clearances after being charged with or convicted of a DUI. For instance, if this is your first offense, you may be shown leniency by decision makers. You may also be shown leniency if you are remorseful about what happened and have pledged to take steps to not repeat your mistake. Those actions may include abstaining from consuming alcohol or installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Trust matters

Essentially, the government has to trust that you can be responsible enough to treat sensitive information with care. If it is determined that you have a problem with alcohol, your superiors may feel that you are a risk to share that information while under the influence. Even if you don’t share secrets after consuming alcohol, a pattern of misconduct could bring negative attention to the military. That alone may be enough in the eyes of your chain of command to revoke your credentials on either a temporary or permanent basis.

If you are charged with DUI, you may experience an interruption to your life even if you’re not convicted. However, avoiding a DUI conviction can help you retain your driving privileges, your freedom and your ability to avoid negative consequences for your career. Casting doubt on witness testimony or chemical test results may be enough to obtain a favorable result.

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